No matter the season, no matter your age, it’s always important to keep your feet hydrated. Exposure to the sun without proper protection can both burn and dry out skin. Likewise, in cooler seasons, feet spend more time stuffed in socks and boots than not. Without proper hydration, this can leave them feeling itchy, dry, and looking cracked.
A big part of hydration includes a moisturizer. Any glycerin-rich foot cream will be able to sink smoothly under the toughest parts of your foot to keep it smooth. A possibly surprising moisturizer can be found right in your kitchen: honey. A great natural antiseptic and foot softer, honey will leave your feet smelling and looking great. Put Vaseline around your toenails at night as often as you can to keep them soft.
Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your feet protected all year round:
- Get into the habit of taking shoes and socks off at the door to allow your feet to breathe at home. When you’re heading out the door consider putting lotion and cotton socks on. The socks will keep moisture in and keep your feet from sweating as much, which will prevent a breeding ground for athlete’s foot and other diseases.
- Sunscreen is most important to use during the warmer seasons, but many people will forget their feet. If you’re restocking or looking for a better brand to use, look for one with moisturizer in it or one that is missing astringent (an ingredient that dries and tightens skin). Every time you put sandals, flip flops, or heels on remember to put some sunscreen on.
- Water is all around great for your skin and health, but we don’t necessarily wash our bodies every single day. However, soaking your feet provides an extra layer of hydration and keeps feet soft.
- Don’t forget about your nails. Cuticle oil is a moisturizing product that will hydrate, protect, and improve the appearance of your nails. Oil can also help with nail growth and should go on after lotion and nail polish.
If you are experiencing skin conditions that don’t seem to want to go away, reach out to Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers in any of our three locations in Macomb County: St. Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb. Call 586-779-6140 and make an appointment with Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM or Adam Thompson, DPM.